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The Liberty Stadium (ATT 19,927) 11th February 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Atkinson

Swansea Swansea City vs Norwich City Norwich

Swansea 2

D Graham (23, pen 87)


Norwich 3

G Holt (47, 63)
A Pilkington (51)

Holt double stuns Swansea

Norwich triumph at Liberty Stadium in battle of the promoted sides

Last Updated: 11/02/12 6:07pm

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Grant Holt scored twice as Norwich produced a stirring second-half fight-back to leave Swansea licking their wounds following only their second home defeat of the season at the Liberty Stadium.

Man of the match: Grant Holt. Once again the Canaries' hero with two well- taken goals. Moment of the match: Norwich turning the match on its head with two goals in the second half's first six minutes. Attempt of the match: Kyle Naughton's audacious effort from the left flank was just tipped on to the crossbar. Save of the match: John Ruddy's last-minute save from Steven Caulker's header to ensure the three points. Talking point: Swansea will argue they should have had two penalties, with Naughton appearing to handle on both occasions. Goal of the game: Danny Graham's cool finish high into the net over Ruddy following a nice flowing move by Swansea.

Trailing 1-0 at the interval following Danny Graham's 23rd minute opener, Paul Lambert's men turned the battle of the two promoted sides on its head courtesy of Holt's brace and Anthony Pilkington's deflected effort.

The Swans took the lead courtesy of a typically sweet move, with Gylfi Sigurdsson feeding Nathan Dyer, whose quick feet and clever pass allowed Graham to lift his shot way out of John Ruddy's reach and into the top corner.

But Lambert's half-time team-talk clearly had the desired effect as they transformed an interval deficit into a 3-1 advantage in less than 20 minutes, with Holt's header from Elliott Ward's looping overhead cross restoring parity almost immediately.

Pilkington then put the visitors in front in the 51st minute after a great ball from the influential Elliott Bennett, although the winger's shot looked to be covered by the unfortunate Michel Vorm until it took a huge deflection off Neil Taylor.

Bennett had a hand in the third too as a swift Canaries break opened up the home defence and allowed Holt to drill under Vorm, with the Swans goalkeeper later making excellent saves from Kyle Naughton and Wes Hoolahan to prevent a more comprehensive defeat.

Holt made life difficult for his side with a blatant pull of Ashley Williams' shirt, allowing Graham to slot home from the penalty spot in the 87th minute, with the powerful striker perhaps fortunate to avoid a red card following his earlier booking for removing his shirt in celebration.

The equaliser set up a grandstand finish, with Vorm denying Steve Morison before Graham was inches away from his hat-trick and a last-gasp leveller when he diverted Sigurdsson's cross narrowly wide of Ruddy's far post, with the keeper then tipping over Steven Caulker's header.


Sigurdsson had the chance to give Swansea an early lead after confusion between Naughton and Canaries keeper Ruddy, but Russell Martin got there in the nick of time to block the shot.

Norwich settled the better of the two sides, pressing high up the pitch and enjoying some joy with Simeon Jackson running at Angel Rangel down the Swansea right.

But it was Swansea who took the lead against the run of play in the 23rd minute. Sigurdsson linked well with Dyer and the winger played in Graham for the striker to coolly net his 11th goal of the season.

Holt was heavily involved as Norwich sought a rapid response. The striker, having headed over the bar moments earlier, accused Williams of attempting to elbow him in an aerial challenge before Holt found himself facing the same accusation from Rangel as tempers flared.

Norwich's best chance of the half fell to Andrew Surman, but the midfielder's diving header from Pilkington's brilliant cross was straight at Vorm.

Swansea should have doubled their lead with half-time looming after Dyer and Scott Sinclair had teed Graham up for a tap-in, only for Ward to brilliantly deny the striker.

Having been unfortunate to trail at the interval Norwich turned the game on its head as they grabbed two goals within six minutes of the restart.

Firstly, Holt headed home via a deflection off Williams after Surman had done well to keep Martin's skied attempt at a volley in play on the byline.


And another deflection helped the visitors claim their second as the excellent Bennett teed up Pilkington and his shot struck Taylor, who had put through his own net in Swansea's last home game against Chelsea, and deceived Vorm to put the Canaries in front.

At the other end Caulker struck the post from a Sigurdsson corner in between the two goals, while Sinclair was guilty of a poor headed miss from a Dyer centre.

But Swansea were being overrun and when they conceded possession in midfield, Bennett made the most of a three-on-two situation and fed Holt for the striker to beat Vorm from a tight angle.

Naughton survived penalty appeals for handball after blocking a Dyer shot and a cross from substitute Wayne Routledge and then came within inches of making it 4-1 as his rising angled drive was tipped onto the bar by a full-stretch Vorm.

Swansea's desperation to find a route back into the game was leaving them short at the back and they were almost punished when Jackson dispossessed Leon Britton to play Holt in. The striker unselfishly set up substitute Hoolahan, but Vorm made a spectacular save to tip his effort over the bar.

Having done so much to put his side in control Holt then needlessly gave away a penalty for pulling back Williams, with Graham scoring from the spot to set up a tense final few minutes.

Swansea laid siege to the Canaries goal as the game entered five minutes of stoppage-time but Graham could not complete his hat-trick as he skewed wide before Ruddy made a superb save to keep out Caulker's point-blank header and secure the three points.

Swansea CityTeam StatisticsNorwich City
11st Half Goals0
4Shots on Target9
6Shots off Target6
7Blocked Shots1
0Yellow Cards2
0Red Cards0
84.3Passing Success72.1
61.5Tackles Success81.2
39.9Territorial Advantage60.1
504Total Passes398
28Total Crosses26
155Lost Balls186
53.81st Half Poss.46.2
58.42nd Half Poss.41.6

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